Imagine the look on everyone’s faces when I tell them that I’m not the intended chosen one — that the gods would never have picked a loser or an outsider like me — I just happened to apply the right cheat code at the right time. And now I have to save the world.
When the biggest game developers on a dying Earth create their latest VRMMORPG, it takes on a life of its own. Impossible to control, and even harder to predict, the game world in Spectres & Skin is officially classed as a parallel universe, and people clamor to escape the horrors of overpopulation and pollution by moving over.
Recent graduate Matthew Blake is down on his luck. A climbing accident has robbed him of the use of his legs, his best friend is better than him in every way, and he just cannot find a job. VR is his only escape from a life he can’t stand. When he is invited to peek into the exclusive new game world, he can’t resist. Is his luck about to change?
No. No it isn’t.
S&S: Exodus is a LitRPG novel, meaning it is extensively inspired by gaming mechanics and includes a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ calculations. It contains scenes of a graphic nature, permadeath, a really judgmental user interface, and a prophecy hat warns of the destruction of both universes — and that’s just week one.
This is not a book about a superhero, or even a true hero at all. It’s the story of the first step a perpetual sidekick takes on his long path towards Champion; a path he perhaps doesn’t feel he deserves. Though he does progress, and take on challenges, the first step is always the hardest on a long journey. If you’re looking for a story about an overpowered killing machine from page one, you’ve got the wrong book!